Dead Rock Stars Club, an extensive list of dead musicians and dead singers related to rock, when and how they died with links to sites about them - 2015 January To June

Doc Rock Presents,

2015 January To June
 Welcome to The Dead Rock Stars Club. This site is a list of dead rock singers and musicians, dead people associated with rock and dead people whose music helped influence and create rock (which I feel includes Jazz and Country artists), sorted by the date of their demise. This is a tribute to them.
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2015 January To June

Jeff Golub - Died 1-1-2015 - Progressive supranuclear palsy ( Jazz - Rock - R&B ) Born 4-15-1955 in Akron, Ohio, U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of Avenue Blue and Dave Koz & The Kozmos - Worked with Rod Stewart, The James Montgomery Band, Ashford And Simpson, Billy Squier, Brian Auger, Peter Wolf and Tina Turner.

Donna Douglas (Doris Smith) - Died 1-1-2015 in Zachary, Louisiana, U.S. - Pancreatic cancer ( Gospel - Country ) Born 9-26-1933 in Pride, Louisiana, U.S. - Actress and singer - (She did, "Elly's Spring Song" and "We Have Come Into This Place, In The Garden") - She was Elly May Clampett on TV's, The Beverly Hillbillies.

Matthew Cogley - Died 1-1-2015 ( Rock ) He was 30 years old - Gutarist and singer - Was a member of Failsafe.

Little Jimmy Dickens (James Cecil Dickens) (aka Tater) - Died 1-2-2015 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. - Cardiac arrest ( Country ) Born 12-19-1920 in Bolt, West Virginia, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "The Violet And The Rose" and "May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose") - Was a member of The Country Boys - Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Ted O'Connell - Died 1-3-2015 ( Rock ) He was 57 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of The Frank & Ted Show, The Soul Satellites and The Treble Makers (They did, "Caffeinated" and "Skulkin'").

Ray Gipson (Ramon Gipson) - Died 1-4-2015 in Danvers, Massachusetts, U.S. - Cancer ( R&B - Soul ) Born 9-24-1937 in Roberta, Georgia, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Bob-O-Links who became The G-Clefs (They did, "Ka-Ding Dong" and "Cause You're Mine"), South Bound and The Ray Gipson Band.

Lance Diamond (aka Love Doctor) - Died 1-4-2015 - Singer - Led The 24 Karat Diamond Band - Worked with The Goo Goo Dolls ("Down On The Corner" and "Never Take The Place Of Your Man").

Pino Daniele (Giuseppe Daniele) - Died 1-5-2015 in Rome, Italy - Heart attack ( Blues - Jazz - Folk - Rock ) Born 3-19-1955 in Naples, Italy - Singer, composer and guitarist - (He did, "Napule e" and "Quanno chiove") - Worked with Eric Clapton, Pat Metheny, Mel Collins, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Al Di Meola and Richie Havens.

Mick Stott - Died 1-6-2015 - Heart attack ( Rock ) Guitarist - Was a member of Stack Waddy (They did, "Bring It To Jerome" and "Meat Pies 'Ave Come But Band's Not Here Yet").

Al Ferrier (Alfous Glenn Ferrier Sr. ) - King of Louisiana Rockabilly - Died 1-6-2015 ( Rockabilly ) Born 8-19-1934 in Olla, LA, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - Led Al Ferrier & The Boppin' Billies (They did, "Let's Go Boppin' Tonight" and "My Baby Done Gone Away").

Lance Percival (John Lancelot Blades Percival) - Died 1-6-2015 in London, England ( Calypso ) Born 7-26-1933 in Sevenoaks, Kent, England - Actor, comedian and singer - (He did, "Shame and Scandal In The Family" and "The Maharajah Of Brum").

Curtis Lee - Died 1-8-2015 in Yuma, Arizona, U.S. - Cancer ( Pop ) Born 10-28-1939 in Yuma, Arizona, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Pretty Little Angel Eyes" and "Under The Moon Of Love").

Andrae Crouch (Andrae Edward Crouch) - Father of modern gospel music - Died 1-8-2015 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. - After a a heart attack ( Gospel ) Born 7-1-1942 in San Francisco, California, U.S. - Singer and pianist - (He wrote, "It Won't Be Long" and "Keep On Singing") - Was a member of The Church Of God In Christ Singers, The Disciples and The Andrae Crouch Singers - Worked with Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Quincy Jones - Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Popsy Dixon (Willie "Popsy" Dixon) - Died 1-9-2015 in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. - Bladder cancer ( Blues - Gospel - Soul - R&B ) Born 7-26-1942 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S. - Drummer and singer - Was a member of The Holmes Brothers (They did, "Everything Is Free" and "I Want You To Want Me").

Tim Drummond (Timothy Lee Drummond) - Died 1-10-2015 - Born 4-20-1940 in Canton, Illinois, U.S. - Bassist - Worked with Conway Twitty, B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Neil Young, Ry Cooder, J. J. Cale, Albert Collins, James Brown, Lonnie Mack, Miles Davis, Joe Henry and Jewel.

Clifford Adams - Died 1-12-2015 - Liver cancer ( Funk - Disco - R&B ) He was 62 years old - Trombonist - Worked with Kool And The Gang, The Stylistics, Patti Labelle, The Bluebells and Duke Ellington.

A. J. Masters (Arthur John Masters) - Died 1-12-2015 near Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. - Prostate cancer ( Country ) Born 1950 in Walden, New York, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Back Home" and "I Don't Mean Maybe") - Worked with Charlie Rich - His songs have been recorded by Faith Hill, Steve Azar, The Oak Ridge Boys, Frazier River, John Berry and Jennifer Hanson.

Dozy (Trevor Leonard Ward-Davies) - Died 1-13-2014 - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 11-27-1944 in Enford, Wiltshire, England - Bassist - Was a member of Dave Dee And The Bostons who became Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (They did, "Bend It!" and "Hold Tight!").

Ronnie Ronalde (Ronald Charles Waldron) - Died 1-13-2015 in London, England - Born 1923 in Islington, London, England - Singer, whistler, yodeller - (He did, "If I Were A Blackbird" and "In a Monastery Garden").

Kim Fowley (Kim Vincent Fowley) - Died 1-15-2015 in West Hollywood, California, U.S. - Bladder cancer ( Rock ) Born 7-21-1939 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Producer and singer - (He did, "Animal Man" and "Inner Space Discovery" ) - Managed The Sleepwalkers and The Runaways - Produced The Murmaids, The Modern Lovers, The Germs and Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids - Co-wrote songs for Helen Reddy, Leon Russell, Kiss, Alice Cooper and Kris Kristofferson.

Ervin Drake (Ervin Maurice Druckman) - Died 1-15-2015 in Great Neck, New York, U.S. - Complications of bladder cancer - Born 4-3-1919 in Manhattan, New York, New York, U.S. - Songwriter - (He wrote, "It Was A Very Good Year" and "I Believe") - His songs have been recorded by  Duke Ellington,  Billie Holiday, Diana Ross, Perry Como, Frankie Laine, Steve Lawrence, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley - Songwriter's Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Jochen Hulder - Died 1-15-2015 - Cancer - He was 57 years old - He managed Die Toten Hosen.

Paul Serrano - Died 1-15-2015 in Burbank, Ill., U.S. ( Jazz ) He was 82 years old - Trumpeter - Was a head recording engineer for Delmark Records - Worked with Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger.

Michael Gehrke - Died 1-16-2015 - He was 58 years old - Was a tour manager for The Scorpions for over 30 years.

Yao Beina (aka Bella Yao) - Died 1-16-2015 in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China - Breast cancer ( Pop - Folk ) Born 9-26-1981 in Wuhan, Hubei, China - Sang and played piano and guitar - (She did, "Let It Go").

CJ Buscaglia (aka Jesus Quisp) - Died 1-16-2015 in Buffalo, NY, U.S. - After being taken off life support after cardiac arrest ( Rock ) He was 51 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of Green Jello later renamed Green Jelly (They did, "Three Little Pigs" and "Orange Krunch") - Engineered recordings for The Goo Goo Dolls and Love & Rockets.

Origa (Ol'ga Vital'evna Yakovleva) - Died 1-17-2015 in Kochenevo, Novosibirsk oblast, Russia - Lung cancer - Born 10-12-1970 in Novosibirsk, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Soviet Union - Singer - (She did, "We Can Hear Your Pulse" and "Cradle, Cradle").

Ian Allen - Died 1-17-2015 in California, U.S. - Complications from heart valve surgery ( Experimental Multimedia ) He was 56 years old - Was a member of Negativland.

Dallas Taylor (Dallas Woodrow Taylor Jr.) - Died 1 18-2015 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. ( Rock ) Born 4-7-1948 in Denver, Colorado, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with Clear Light, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Manassas and Van Morrison.

John Bilezikjian (John Haig Bilezikjian) - Died 1-19-2015 - Kidney disease - Born 2-1-1941 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Played the oud, guitar, drums, zither and lute and sang - Workd with Leonard Cohen, Little Richard, Robert Palmer, Brothers Of The Baladi, Luis Miguel and Placido Domingo - He can be heard on the soundtracks of, "Schindler's List" and "The French Connection".

Edgar Froese (Edgar Willmar Froese) - Died 1-20-2015 in Vienna, Austria - Pulmonary embolism ( Electronic Music ) Born 6-6-1944 in Tilsit, East Prussia - Played keyboards, guitar, bass, harmonica and mellotron - (He did, "Stuntman" and "A Dali-Esque Sleep Fuse") - Was a member of The Ones (They did, "Lady Greengrass" and "Love Of Mine") and Tangerine Dream (They did, "Sunrise In The Third System" and "Origin Of Supernatural Probabilities") - He had been married to photographer, Monique Froese and artist and musician, Bianca Acquaye.

Carlos Molnar - Died 1-20-2015 in Maracay, Venezuela - Stabbed by Canserbero ( Reggae ) Born 1980 - Bassist - Was a member of Zion TPL (They did, "Vitamina" and "Tus Recuerdos").

Canserbero (Tyrone Jose Gonzalez Oramas) (aka El Can) - Died 1-20-2015 in Maracay, Venezuela - Jumped from the tenth floor of a building ( Rap ) Born 3-11-1988 in Caracas, Venezuela - (He did, "Jeremías 17:5").

Rose Marie McCoy - Died 1-20-2015 in Urbana, Ill., U.S. ( Jazz - R&B - Soul ) Born 4-19-1922 in Oneida, Arkansas, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - (She did, "Dippin' In My Business") - Her songs have been recorded by Elvis Presley ("I Beg Of You"), Little Willie John, The Eagles, Faye Adams ("It Hurts Me To My Heart"), Aretha Franklin, Ike & Tina Turner ("It's Gonna Work Out Fine"), Eddy Arnold, Nat King Cole, Little Esther, Lenny Welch, The Clovers, Ruth Brown and Big Maybelle ("Gabbin' Blues").

Kemal Monteno - Died 1-21-2015 in Zagreb, Croatia - Pneumonia and sepsis ( Pop - Folk ) Born 9-17-1948 in Sarajevo - Singer - (He did, "Lidija" and "Sarajevo ljubavi moja").

Silvia Glauder (Su-Vaal Glauder) - Died 1-22-2015 in Vienna ( Punk ) Born 12-10-1956 in Vienna - Singer - Worked with Drahdiwaberl and Sextiger.

Demis Roussos (Artemios Ventouris-Roussos) - Died 1-25-2015 in Athens, Greece ( Prog - Pop - Folk ) Born 6-15-1946 in Alexandria, Egypt - Singer and bassist - (He did, "We Shall Dance" and "Forever And Ever") - Was a member of The Idols, We Five and Aphrodite's Child (They did, "Rain And Tears" and "The Four Horsemen") - Worked with Drafi Deutscher ("Young Love").

Neil Levang - Died 1-26-2015 in Canyon Country, California, U.S. - Born 1-3-1932 in Adams, North Dakota, U.S. - Played guitar, mandolin, violin and banjo - Worked with Foy Willing And The Riders Of The Purple Sage, Jimmy Wakely, Texas Jim Lewis And His Lonestar Cowboys, Frank Zappa, Bobbi Gentry, Glen Campbell, David Clayton Thomas, Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, Neal Hefti, Neil Diamond, Dean Martin and Noel Boggs - Was a regular on TV's, The Lawrence Welk Show.

Stephen R. Johnson - Died 1-26-2015 - Cardiac complications - Born 7-12-1952 - Director of music videos, TV shows and commercials - Directed videos for Combonation ("Girls Like You"), Peter Gabriel ("Steam" and "Sledgehammer"), Talking Heads ("Road To Nowhere"), Dire Straits ("Walk of Life") and Oingo Boingo ("Just Another Day") - He also directed the first season of TV's, "Pee Wee's Playhouse".

Pete Roberts (aka Little Joe) (Peter Roberts) - Died 1-26-2015 - Pancreatic cancer ( Jazz - Pop ) He was 66 years old - Was a member of The Love Children (They did, "Easy Squeezy" and "Every Little Step").

Margot Moir - Died 1-27-2015 - Complications from diabetes ( Pop ) Born 1959 in Scotland - Guitarist and singer - (She did, "Scarlet Skies" and "Tightrope") - She was one of The Moir Sisters (They did, "Good Morning (How Are You?)" and "We Will Never Change").

Rod McKuen (Rodney Marvin McKuen) - Died 1-29-2015 in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. - Born 4-29-1933 in Oakland, California, U.S. - Poet, singer and songwriter - (He did, "The Mummy" with Bob McFadden) - Worked with Lionel Hampton - His songs have been recorded by Barbra Streisand, Glenn Yarbrough, Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, Waylon Jennings, Al Hirt, The Kingston Trio, Chet Baker, Johnny Cash, Perry Como, Andy Williams, Pete Fountain, Percy Faith and Johnny Mathis.

Maurizio Arcieri - Died 1-29-2015 in Varese, Italy ( Pop - New Wave ) Born 4-30-1942 in Milan, Italy - Sang and played synthesizer - (He did, "Ballerina" and "Scusa") - Was a member of of The New Dada (They did, "L'Amore Vero" and "Cio Che Fai") and was half of the duo Chrisma later renamed Krisma with his wife, Christina Moser (They did, "Many Kisses" and "Nothing To Do With The Dog").

Danny McCulloch (Daniel Joseph McCulloch) - Died 1-29-2015 - Heart failure ( Rock ) Born 7-18-1945 in Shepherd's Bush, West London, England - Bassist - (He did, "Mirror Of The Sky" and "Colour Of The Sunset") - Worked with The Avro Boys, Tony Craven & The Casuals, Screaming Lord Sutch & The Savages, The Plebs, The Carl Douglas Set, Eric Burdon And The Animals ("Monterey" and "Sky Pilot"), Reg King, Muddy Waters, Jerry Lee Lewis and Animals And Friends.

Eddie Rendini (aka The Kydd) - Died 1-30-2015 ( Rock - Metal - Rap ) Guitarist - Worked with Collapsing Lungs, Cold and Darwin's Waiting Room.

Hector Carrion (Hector Enrique Carrion Samaniego) - Died 1-30-2015 in Mexico CIty, Mexico - Heart attack ( Pop ) Singer and bassist - Was a member of Los Hermanos Carrion (They did, "Lanza tus penas al viento" and "Adios, adios amor, entre la lluvia y mi llorar").

Don Covay (Donald Randolph) - Died 1-31-2015 ( R&B - Rock - Soul ) Born 3-24-1938 in Orangeburg, South Carolina, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - (He did, "Pony Time" and "See Saw") - Was a member of The Cherry Keys, The Rainbows (They did, "Shirley" and "Minnie"), The Soul Clan and Don Covay And The Goodtimers (They did, "Mercy Mercy") - His songs have been recorded by Aretha Franklin ("Chain Of Fools"), Grant Green, Steppenwolf ("Sookie Sookie"), Gladys Knight & The Pips, Chubby Checker, Jerry Butler, Bobby Womack, Peter Wolf, Solomon Burke, The Rolling Stones, The Small Faces and Wilson Pickett ("I'm Gonna Cry") - Worked with Little Richard and Jimi Hendrix.

Spencer Golvach (Spencer Paul Golvach) - Died 1-31-2015 - Shot while waiting at a red light ( Rock ) Born 9-27-1989 in Houston, Texas, U.S. - Bassist - Worked with The Dead Revolt (They did, "Mar Iguana" and "Walk-ins And Wanderers") and Von Hindenburg.

Anita Darian (Anita Margaret Esgandarian) - Died 2-1-2015 in Oceanside, N.Y., U.S. - Complications after intestinal surgery - Born 4-26-1927 in Detroit, Mich., U.S. - Singer - Worked with The Tokens ("The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), Mickey & Sylvia ("Love Is Strange"), Burt Bacharach, Dinah Washington, Patti Page and played kazoo for The New York Philharmonic Orchestra - Much of her background singing is uncredited.

Andy Nourish (Andrew John Nourish) - Died 2-1-2015 - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 1962 - Bassist - Worked with Nourish and The Others.

Andriy Kuzmenko (aka Kuzma) - Died 2-2-2015 in Kryvyi Rih Raion, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Ukraine - Car accident ( Rock - Pop ) Born 8-17-1968 in Sambir, Lviv Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union - Singer - Was a member of Skryabin.

Richie Davis (Richard Davis) (aka Ricky Dee) - Died 2-2-2015 in New York, NY, U.S. ( R&B ) Born 8-6-1935 in Harlem, NY, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Gingerbread" and "Save Your Love For Me") - Was a member of The Dovers who became The 5 Willows (They did, "My Dear Dearest Darling" and "Church Bells May Ring").

Zane Musa - Died 2-2-2015 ( Jazz ) Born 1-1-1979 - Played saxophone - Worked with Roy Hargrove, Arturo Sandoval, Christina Aguilera, Macy Gray and John Mayer.

The Jacka (Dominic Newton) (aka Shaheed Akbar) - Died 2-2-2015 - Shot ( Rap ) Born 8-?-1977 in Pittsburg, California, U.S. - (He did, "Barney (More Crime)" and "Iller Clip") - Worked with Mob Figaz.

Herman Tuck (Herman Ashby Tuck, Jr.) - Died 2-2-2015 in Fayetteville - Born 2-23-1929 in Fayetteville, AR, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with Ronnie Hawkins.

Mary Healy - Died 2-3-2015 in Calabasas, California, U.S. - Born 4-14-1918 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. - Actress and singer - (She and her husband, Peter Lind Hayes did, "I Wish I Was A Car") - Appeared in Second Fiddle and The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T - Nevada Entertainment/Artist Hall Of Fame Inductee.

William Thomas McKinley - Died 2-3-2015 ( Jazz ) Born 12-9-1938 in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, U.S. - Pianist - Worked with Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Gary Burton, Billy Hart, Eddie Gomez, Miroslav Vitous, Rufus Reed and Ray Hughes - Father of composer, Elliott Miles McKinley.

Celina Gonzalez - Died 2-4-2015 ( Musica Campesina ) Born 3-16-1929 in Jovellanos, Matanzas, Cuba - Singer - (She did, "A Santa Barbara") - She was married to singer, Reutilio Dominguez.

Joe B. Mauldin (Joe Benson Mauldin Jr.) - Died 2-7-2015 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 7-8-1940 in Lubbock, Texas, U.S. - Double-bassist and audio engineer - Was a member of The Four Teens (They did, "Go Little Go Cat" and "Spark Plug") and Buddy Holly And The Crickets (They did, "Maybe Baby" and "Oh, Boy!") - Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee, West Texas Walk Of Fame Inductee and Musicians Hall Of Fame And Museum Inductee.

Martin O'Connor - Died 2-7-2015  in North Lauderdale, Florida, U.S. - Hit and run while walking ( Country ) He was 36 years old - Drummer - Was a member of The Declan Nerney Band.

Tommy Hedden (Thomas P. Hedden) - Died 2-10-2015 in Hamilton Township, NJ, U.S. ( Doo-Wop ) He was 65 years old - Born in Trenton, NJ, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of Satan And The Angels (They did, "Trenton's Medallion" and "Never Let You Go") and Memories.

Edwin "Peck" Rowell - Died 2-11-2015 in Birmingham, AL, U.S. - From internal injuries after a car accident ( Country ) Born 9-9-1922 in Loachapoka, AL, U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of The Loachapoka Jug Band and The Covered Wagon Boys.

Pat Taylor - Died 2-11-2015 - Cancer ( Rock - Pop ) He was 65 years old - Born in Little Rock - Singer and guitarist - Worked with The Castlemen, The Village Sound (They did, "Hey Jack (Donít Hijack My Plane)"), Edgewood, The Highsteppers, Jaguar, The Breaks (They did, "She Wants You"), Drama, Albert King, Jerry Lee Lewis and Joe Walsh, - He was married to singer, Susanne Jerome.

Sam Andrew (Sam Houston Andrew III) - Died 2-12-2015 - Complications from open heart surgery after a heart attack ( Rock ) Born 12-18-1941 in Taft, California, U.S. - Played guitar, clarinet and saxophone and sang - Was a member of The Cool Notes, Big Brother And The Holding Company (They did, "Summertime" and "Piece Of My Heart"), The Kozmic Blues Band (They did, "Kozmic Blues" and "Maybe"), The Sam Andrew Band and Theatre Of Light.

Steve Strange (Steven John Harrington) - Died 2-12-2015 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt - Heart attack ( Punk - Pop - New Wave ) Born 5-28-1959 in Newbridge, Monmouthshire, Wales - Singer - Was a member of The Moors Murderers (They did, "Free Hindley"), The Photons, Visage (They did, "Fade To Grey" and "Mind Of A Toy"), Strange Cruise (They did, "Rebel Blue Rocker" and a version of, "The Beat Goes On"), Visage Mk II ("Diary Of A Madman") and The Detroit Starrzz ("Halo" and "Aiming For Gold") - Worked with Punx Soundcheck.

Mosie Lister (Thomas Mosie Lister) - Died 2-12-2015 in Spring Hill, Tennessee, U.S. ( Gospel ) Born 9-8-1921 in Cochran, Georgia, U.S. - Sang and played piano, guitar and violin - (He wrote, "Where No One Stands Alone" and "Then I Met The Master") - Was a member of The Statesmen Quartet, The Sunny South Quartet and The Melody Masters - Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Southern Gospel Music Association Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Richie Pratt (Richard Dean Tyree) - Died 2-12-2015 in Leavenworth, Kansas, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 3-11-1943 in Olathe, Kansas, U.S. - Drummer and pianist - Worked with Jaki Byard, The New York Jazz Quartet, Benny Carter, Nancy Wilson, Billy Taylor, Melba Moore, Milt Jackson, Monty Alexander, Milton Hinton, Johnny Hartman, Benny Goodman, Aretha Franklin, Marlena Shaw, Barry White, The Temptations, Della Reese, Carol Sloane, Johnny Desmond, Frank Foster, Michel Legrand and Lionel Hampton.

Paul "Bomber" Jackson - Died 2-13-2015 - Stage manager for Judas Priest.

David Maxwell  - Died 2-13-2015 ( Blues ) Born 1943 in Waltham, MA, U.S. - Pianist - Worked with Louisiana Red, Muddy Waters, Skip James, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, James Cotton, Levon Helm, Hubert Sumlin, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Rodgers, Charley Musselwhite, Johnny Adams, Ronnie Earl, Freddie King and Hubert Sumlin.

Hulon Crayton (Dr. Hulon E. Crayton) - Died 2-14-2015 ( Jazz ) He was 58 years old - Saxophonist - (He did, "Sax On The Beach" and "Two In the Morning") - Was a member of On Call.

Ammouri Mbarek - Died 2-14-2015 in Casablanca ( Moroccan Amazigh Music ) Born 1951 in Irguiten Village, Taroudant Province, Morocco - Singer and guitarist - (He did, ""Ourti Nlouz"" and "Anhattaf").

Sergio Blanco - Died 2-15-2015 in Tres Cantos, Community of Madrid - He was 66 years old - Born in Bilbao - Singer - Was half of th duo, Sergio y Estibaliz (They did, "Tu volveras") - Worked with Mocedades and El Consorcio.

Robert Pookapu Keliihoomalu Sr. (aka Uncle Robert) - Died 2-15-2015 in Kaimu, Hawaii, U.S.- Born 1939 in Kaimu, Hawaii - Singer - Husband of singer, G-Girl Keliihoomalu.

Lesley Gore (Lesley Sue Goldstein) - Died 2-16-2015 in New York, New York, U.S. - Lung cancer ( Pop - Rock ) Born 5-2-1946 in Brooklyn, New York, New York, U.S. - Singer - (She did, "You Don't Own Me" and "It's My Party").

 Melvan Whittington - Died 2-16-2-15 ( Rock ) Guitarist - Worked with Love on their "Reel To Real" album.

Gavin Clark - Died 2-16-2015 ( Folk ) Singer and musician - (He did, "Never Seen The Sea") - Worked with Clayhill (They did, "Afterlight"), Sunhouse and Unkle ("Keys To The Kingdom" and "Falling Stars").

Kenneth "Wally" Kelley - Died 2-17-2015 in U.S. ( R&B ) Born 1-9-1943 in New Jersey, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Manhattans (They did, "Kiss And Say Goodbye" and "Shining Star").

Mats Olausson - Died 2-18-2015 in Thailand ( Progressive Metal ) Born 1961 in Gothenburg, Sweden - Keyboardist - Worked with Ark, Evil Masquerade, Iron Mask, Yngwie Malmsteen, Kamelot and John Norum.

Willie C. Jackson - Died 2-18-2015 ( R&B ) He was 79 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Hudsonaires who became The Spaniels (They did, "Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite" and "Everyone's Laughing").

Bob Hewitt - Died 2-18-2015 ( Psychedelic ) Guitarist - Was a member of Velvett Fogg (They did, "Plastic Man" and "Once Among The Trees").

Dave Cloud (David Bliss Cloud) - Died 2-18-2015 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. - Illness ( Rock - Experimental - Punk ) Born 8-3-1956 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Puff Rider" and "You Don't Need Sex") - Was a member of The Psychotic Night Auditors, Cruel Oval Brown Stomachs and Dave Cloud & The Gospel Of Power.

Famiza Zulkifli - Died 2018-2015 - Heart complications ( Jazz - R&B ) She was 42 years old - Singer - (She did, "Doa Seorang Remaja" and "Getaran").

Francisco "Paco" Carreno - Died 2-20-2015 ( Punk ) He was 49 years old - Drummer - Worked with Conflict, Inner Terrestrials, Riot/Clone and Experiment.

Jack Robbins (Berlin Jackson Robbins Jr.) - Died 2-20-2015 ( Rock ) Born 9-27-1949 in Tupelo, MS, U.S. - Was a member of The Tiks, Pieces Of Eight, Brotherhood and Time Machine.

Clark Terry - Died 2-21-2015 ( Jazz ) Born 12-14-1920 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. - Played trumpet and flugelhorn and sang - (He did, "Mumbles") - Worked with Charlie Barnet, The Big B-A-D Band, Gerry Mulligan, Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk, Cecil Taylor, Bob Brookmeyer, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, J. J. Johnson, Oscar Peterson, The Tonight Show Band, Amel Larrieux and Quincy Jones - St. Louis Walk Of Fame Inductee and NEA Jazz Masters Inductee.

Richard Finnell (Richard Allen Finnell) - Died 2-21-2015 in Austin, Texas, U.S. ( Psychedelic ) Born 10-12-1945 in McAllen, Texas, U.S. - Drummer - Was a member of Shiva's Headband (They did, "Kaleidoscopic" and "Take Me To The Mountains").

Comfort Annor - Died 2-22-2015 in Kumasi, Ashanti Region, Ghana - Kidney failure ( Gospel ) Singer - (She did, "Abraham Sarah" and "Hena Na W'aye").

Marlene Barrow-Tate - Died 2-23-2015 ( Soul - R&B ) She was 73 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Andantes who sang background vocals for The Supremes ("Love Child"), Martha & The Vandellas ("Jimmy Mack"), Marvin Gaye ("I Heard It Through The Grapevine"), The Temptations ("It's Growing"), Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Ruffin, Brenda Holloway, Jackie Wilson ("Higher And Higher"), The Four Tops ("Reach Out, I'll Be There"), Edwin Starr, Mary Wells ("My Guy") and The Marvelettes ("Don't Mess With Bill") -  R&B Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Bobby Emmons - Died 2-23-2015 in in Nashville, TN, U.S. - He was 72 years old - Keyboardist and songwriter - Was a session musician with The 827 Thomas Street Band, The American Group and The Memphis Boys - Worked with The Bill Black Combo, Elvis Presley ("Suspicious Minds"), Neil Diamond ("Sweet Caroline"), Merrilee Rush ("Angel Of the Morning"), Wilson Pickett, Garth Brooks, Junior Parker, Natalie Merchant, Townes Van Zandt, Roy Orbison, B.J. Thomas ("Hooked On A Feeling"), Bobby Womack ("Fly Me To The Moon"), Joe Tex ("I Gotcha") and Dusty Springfield ("Son Of A Preacher Man").

Stephanie Dotson - Died 2-23-2015 - Heart condition ( Gospel ) Singer - (She did, "Give Him Glory" and "Miracles Still Happen").

Zayn Adams - Died 2-23-2015 in Cape Town, South Africa - After a heart attack ( Jazz Rock ) Born 1947 in Salt River - Singer - (He did, "Give A Little Love" and "Lady In The Night") - Worked with The Pacific Express.

Robert Belfour (aka Wolfman) - Died 2-24-2015 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. ( Blues ) Born 9-11-1940 in Red Banks, Mississippi, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Pushin' My Luck" and "Hill Stomp").

Chris Rainbow (Christopher James Harley) - Died 2-25-2015 ( Rock ) Born 11-18-1946 in Glasgow, Scotland - Singer - (He did,  "Give Me What I Cry For" and "Solid State Brain") - Worked with Hopestreet, The Alan Parsons Project and Camel - Produced Runrig.

Ariel Camacho (Jose Ariel Camacho Barraza) - Died 2-25-2015 in Angostura, Sinaloa, Mexico - Car accident ( Banda - Ranchera - Mariachi - Conjunto - Tejano ) Born 8-7-1992 in Guasave, Mexico - Sang and played guitar and tuba - (He did, "El Karma") - Was a member of Los Plebes del Rancho.

Giacomo Rondinella - Died 2-25-2015 in Fonte Nuova, Italy - Born 8-20-1933 in Messina, Italy - Singer and actor - (He did, "Malafemmena" and "Come Faccete Mammete").

Gerardo Reyes - Died 2-25-2015 in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico - Liver cancer ( Ranchera ) He was 79 years old - Singer - (He did, "Sin Fortuna" and "Entre Copa y Copa").

Sam Linde (Leonard J. Linde Jr.) - Died 2-25-2015 ( Psychedelic - Rock ) He was 75 years old - Drummer - Was a member of The Charlatans.

Sadiq Fakeer - Died 2-26-2015 in Saudi Arabia - Car accident ( Folk ) Born 3-20-1964 in Mithi, Sindh, Pakistan - Singer and composer - Sang the songs of poets Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, Sachal Sarmast, Shaikh Ayaz, Dr Akash Ansari and Ustaad Bukhari.

Spider Wilson (James Edward Wilson) - Died 2-26-2015 - Complications of cancer ( Country ) Born 6-9-1935 - Guitarist - Worked with Little Jimmy Dickens, Dolly Parton, Ray Price, Marty Robbins, Faron Young, Bill Anderson, Buddy Emmons and The Grand Ole Opry House Band.

Saba Mbixane - Died 2-26-2015 in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa - Injuries from a motorbike accident - He was 54 years old - Singer and radio presenter.

Leonard Nimoy (Leonard Simon Nimoy) - Died 2-27-2015 in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Complications of COPD - Born 3-26-1931 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. - Actor, photographer, poet and singer - (He did versions of, "Abraham, Martin And John" and "I Walk The Line") - He protrayed the half-Vulcan, half-human, Commander Spock on TV's, Star Trek.

Tod Dockstader - Died 2-27-2015 in Arlington, Massachusetts, U.S. ( Electronic Music ) Born 3-20-1932 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S. - He released the albums, "Eight Electronic Pieces" and "Quatermass".

Charmayne Maxwell (aka Maxee) - Died 2-27-2015 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Complications from a fall ( R&B ) Born 1-11-1969 in Guyana - Singer - (She did, "When I Look Into Your Eyes" and "This Is Where I Wanna Be") - Was a member of Brownstone (They did, "If You Love Me" and "Let's Get It Started") - She was married to music producer, Carsten Soulshock Schack.

Orrin Keepnews - Died 3-1-2015 in El Cerrito, California, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 3-2-1923 in The Bronx, New York, U.S. - Record executive and producer - Co-founded Riverside Records and Milestone Records and founded Landmark Records - Produced Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Chet Baker, Cannonball Adderley,  Art Blakey, Clark Terry and Thelonious Monk.

Ryan Stanek - Died 3-1-2015 in Wisconsin, U.S. ( Metal ) He was 42 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Broken Hope (They did, "Siamese Screams" and "Skin Is In") - Worked with Key Thirteen and Hawse Creed.

Brian Carman (Brian Craig Carman) - Died 3-1-2015 in Santa Ana, Calif., U.S. - Complications of Crohnís disease ( Surf ) Born 8-10-1945 - Guitarist - Was a member of The Chantays (They did, "Pipeline" and "Monsoon").

 Frank Orsini - Died 3-3-2015 - Cancer ( Dance ) Singer and trumpeter - Was a member of Don't Call Me Francis.

Ted Reinhardt (Ted D. Reinhardt) - Died 3-4-2015 in Norfolk, VA, U.S. - Small plane crash ( Jazz - Prog ) Born about 1952 - Drummer - Was a member of Gamalon - Worked with Spyro Gyra, Willie & The Reinhardts, Ron LoCurto & The Reinhardts, Ernie Watts, Rushour and The Maelstrom Percussion Ensemble - Buffalo Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Jim McCann (James McCann) - Died 3-5-2015 ( Folk ) Born 10-26-1944 in Dublin, Ireland - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Grace" and "Some Day Soon") - Worked with The Ludlow Trio (They did, "The Sea Around Us") and The Dubliners.

Vlada Divljan (Vladimir Divljan) - Died 3-5-2015 in Vienna, Austria - Illness ( Rock ) Born 5-10-1958 in Belgrade, FPR Yugoslavia - Singer, guitarist and pianist - (He did, "Moj grad" and "Patuljci") - Was a member of Faraoni renamed Holipe, Merlin, Zvuk Ulice, Decaci, Idoli (They did, "Retko te vidam sa devojkama" and "Pomoc, pomoc") and Nevladina Organizacija.

Gene Lynn (Leon Campbell) - Died 3-7-2015 ( Jazz ) He was 78 years old - Born in Mobile, AL, U.S. - Singer and nightclub owner - Artists who performed at his clubs include Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams and Lou Rawls - St. Louis Jazz Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Lew Soloff - Died 3-8-2015 in New York, NY, U.S. - Heart attack ( Jazz Rock ) Born 2-20-1944 - Played trumpet and flugelhorn - Worked with Blood, Sweat And Tears (They did, "Spinning Wheel" and "And When I Die"), The Manhattan Jazz Quintet, Chuck Mangione, Members Only, Machito, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Carla Bley, Gil Evans, Tony Scott, Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Jeremy Steig, Tito Puente, Maynard Ferguson and Ornette Coleman.

Nkululeko Habedi (aka Flabba) - Died 3-9-2015 in Alexandra, Johannesburg. - Stabbed ( Rap ) He was 38 years old - (He did, "Isbhamu somdoko" and "Bho Fatshe").

Jerry Brightman (Gerald Warner Brightman) - Died 3-9-2015 in Ohio, U.S. ( Country ) Born 1953 - Steel guitarist - Worked with Buck Owens And The Buckaroos, David Frizzel, Susan Raye, Tony Booth and Arlo Guthrie.

Scott Gildersleeve (aka Tulu and John Truth) - Died 3-?-2015 in Kittery ( Punk ) He was 56 years old - Played bass and drums - Was a member of The Queers (They did, "Nothing To Do" and "I Spent The Rent") - Worked with The Drunken Cholos and The Monsignors.

Jimmy Greenspoon (aka Maestro) - Died 3-11-2015 in Montgomery County, Maryland, U.S. ( Rock ) Born 2-7-1948 in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. - Keyboardist and singer -  Was a member of The New Dimensions and Three Dog Night (They did versions of, "One" and "Try A Little Tenderness") - Worked with Sound Of The Seventh Son, The East Side Kids, Superband, Shaun Cassidy, America, Linda Ronstadt, Beck, Bogert & Appice, Neil Argo, Jimi Hendrix, Lowell George, Donovan, Eric Clapton, Cheech & Chong, Buddy Miles, Stephen Stills, Jeff Beck, The Beach Boys, Chris Hillman, The Wrecking Crew, Nils Lofgren, Leon Russell, James Burton, Osibisa and Redbone - Son of actress, Mary O'Brien.

Erol Buyukburc - Died 3-12-2015 in Etiler, Istanbul, Turkey - Natural causes ( Rock - Pop ) Born 3-22-1936 in Adana, Turkey - Singer - (He did, "Kiss Me" and "Lover's Wish") - Worked with Rustu Kurtulus, Nuceyim Fener, The Efsaneler Orkestras, Kadri Unalan, Nejat Alpay and Altan Irtel.

Daevid Allen (Christopher David Allen) - Died 3-13-2015 - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 1-13-1938 in Melbourne, Australia - Guitarist and singer - (He did, "Stoned Innocent Frankenstein" and "I Am a Bowl") - Was a member of The Daevid Allen Trio, Soft Machine, Gong (They did, "Princess Dreaming" and "Flying Teapot") and New York Gong (They did, "Much Too Old" and "Hours Gone").

Mike Porcaro (Michael Joseph Porcaro) - Died 3-15-2015 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ( Rock ) Born 5-29-1955 in South Windsor, Connecticut, U.S. - Bassist - Was a member of Toto - Worked with Michael Franks, Seals & Crofts, Larry Carlton and Boz Scaggs - Brother of musicians, Jeff Porcaro and Steve Porcaro - Son of drummer, Joe Porcaro.

Bruce Crump - Died 3-16-2015 ( Rock ) Born 1-17-1957 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. - Drummer - Was a member of Molly Hatchet (They did, "Flirtin' With Disaster" and "Trust Your Old Friend") - Worked with Streetheart, Gator Country, White Rhino and China Sky.

Andy Fraser (Andrew McLan Fraser) - Died 3-16-2015 in California, U.S. ( Rock ) Born 7-3-1952 in Paddington, London, England - Bassist and singer - Was a member of Free (They did, "All Right Now"and "Mr. Big"), Toby, Sharks and The Andy Fraser Band - Worked with John Mayall.

Samuel Charters (Samuel Barclay Charters IV) (aka Sam Charters) - Died 3-18-2015 in Arsta, Sweden - Myelodysplastic syndrome - Born 8-1-1929 in Pittsburgh, PA, U.S. -  Music historian, author, producer and musician - He was half of the duo, The New Strangers - Worked with The Ragtime Jug Stompers - He wrote the books, "The Country Blues" and "Jazz New Orleans" - Produced  Country Joe & The Fish, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, James Cotton and Charlie Musselwhite.

Michael Brown (Michael David Lookofsky) - Died 3-19-2015 ( Rock ) Born 4-25-1949 in New York, NY, U.S. - Keyboardist - Was a member of The Left Banke (They did, "Walk Away Renee" and "Pretty Ballerina") - Worked with Montage, Stories and The Beckies - Son of violinist, Harry Lookofsky.

A. J. Pero (Anthony Jude Pero) - Died 3-20-2015 ( Rock ) Born 10-14-1959 in Staten Island, New York, U.S. - Drummer - Was a member of Twisted Sister (They did, "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock") - Worked with Cities, No More Tears, Circle Of Thorns,  Eric Carr and The Adrenaline Mob.

Jackie Trent (Yvonne Burgess) - Died 3-21-2015 in Minorca, Spain - Illness ( Pop ) Born 9-6-1940 in Newcastle-under-Lyme, England - Singer - (She did, "Pick Up The Pieces" and "Where Are You Now") - She had been married to Tony Hatch (They did, "The Two Of Us").

 Gabo Maumus (Gabriela Lujan Maumus) - Died 3-24-2015 in France - Plane crash in the Alps ( Rock ) She was 28 years old - Bassist - Was a member of Asalto Al Parque Zoologico.

John Renbourn - Died 3-26-2015 in Hawick, Scotland - Possible heart attack ( Folk - Baroque - Jazz - Blues ) Born 8-8-1944 in Marylebone, London, England - Guitarist and singer - Worked with Mac MacLeod, Dorris Henderson, Bert Jansch ("East Wind" and "Along The Way") and Pentangle (They did, "Bells" and "I've Got A Feeling").

Billy O'Connor (William P. O'Connor Jr.) - Died 3-29-2015 - Complications of a stroke ( Rock ) Born 10-4-1953 in Germany - Drummer - Worked with The Royal Society, The Stilletos, Angel And The Snake, Blondie, Eddie And The Otters, Planet Leo and The Elliotts.

Preston Ritter (Preston James Ritter) - Died 3-30-2015 ( Rock - Psychedelic ) Born 4-24-1949 - Drummer - Was a member of The Electric Prunes (They did, "Get Me To The World On Time" and "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)") - Worked with Linda Ronstadt, The Beach Boys and Dobie Gray.

Jeremy Brown - Died 3-30-2015 ( Rock ) He was 34 years old - Guitarist - Worked with Scott Weiland And The Wildabouts.

Cynthia Lennon (Cynthia Powell) - Died 4-1-2015 in Mallorca, Spain - Cancer - Born 9-10-1939 in Blackpool, Lancashire, England - She wrote the books, "A Twist Of Lennon" and "John" - At one time married to John Lennon - Mother of singer, Julian Lennon.

Dave Ball (David J. Ball) - Died 4-1-2015 ( Rock ) Born 3-30-1950 - Guitarist - (He did, "Don't Forget Your Alligator" and "Old Aunties and Uncles") - Was a member of Bedlam - Worked with Big Bertha, Procol Harum, Long John Baldry, The Nickey Barclay Band, Rashid Goes To Nizwa and The Palers.

Bob Burns (Robert Louis Burns Jr.) - Died 4-3-2015 in Cartersville, Georgia, U.S. - Car accident ( Rock ) Born 11-24-1950 in Jacksonville, Florida, U.S. - Drummer - Was a member of Lynyrd Skynyrd (They did, "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird") - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Nedward Kaapana (aka Nicky Boy) - Died 4-3-2015 in Honolulu, Hawaii ( Hawaiian ) He was 66 years old - Played bass, guitar and ukulele - Was a member of Hui Ohana.

Emilio Nevarez - Died 4-5-2015 in Oakland, CA, U.S. - Shot ( Punk ) He was 26 years old - Bassist and singer - Was a member of The Lucky Eejits.

Al Bunetta - Died 4-5-2015 - Cancer -  He was 72 years old - Was as a road manager for The Young Rascals and a talent manager for Al Green, Bette Midler, The Manhattan Transfer, John Prine and Steve Goodman - Co-founded Oh Boy Records which released recordings by Mac Wiseman, Kris Kristofferson, Todd Snider, Janis Ian and Shawn Camp.

Jarvis L. Smith - The B3 Prophet - Died 4-6-2015 ( Gospel ) Born 7-15-1980 in Daytona Beach - Organist and broadcaster - Worked with Marvin Sapp and John P. Kee.

Heiko Schrepel - Died 4-6-2015 ( Punk ) Born 5-6-1975 - Bassist and singer - Worked with One Man Army, U.S. Bombs and The Revolts.

Daiton Somanje - Died 4-7-2015 in Parirenyatwa, Zimbabwe - Menengitis - He was 47 years old - Guitarist - Was a member of Pengaudzoke (They did, "Kwatakabva Kure Nenhamo" and "Tsaona".

Tut Taylor (Robert Arthur Taylor Sr.) - Died 4-9-2015 in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, U.S. ( Bluegrass ) Born 11-20-1923 in Milledgeville, Georgia, U.S. - Played Dobro, mandolin and banjo - (He did, "Ghost Picker" and "This Ain't Grass") - Was a member of The Folkswingers - Worked with The Dixie Gentlemen and John Hartford.

Anne Tkach - Died 4-9-2015 - House fire ( Folk Rock - Country Rock ) She was 48 years old - Singer, drummer, guitarist and bassist - Worked with Bad Folk, Rough Shop (They did, "Dear Mama" and "Freezing"), Ransom Note, Magic City, Hazeldine and Nadine.

Larry Deane - Died 4-12-2015 ( Gospel - Bluegrass ) He was 64 years old - Played mandolin - Was a member of The Deanes.

Percy Sledge - Died 4-14-2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. - Liver cancer ( Soul ) Born 11-25-1940 in Leighton, Alabama, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "When A Man Loves A Woman" and "Take Time To Know Her") - Worked with The Esquires Combo - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee, Louisiana Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Alabama Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Carolina Beach Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Billy Ray Hearn - Died 4-15-2015 - Born 4-26-1929 - Founder and chairman of The Capitol Christian Music Group Label - Formed Sparrow Records - Gospel Music Hall of Fame Inductee.

Margo Reed - Died 4-15-2015 ( Jazz ) She was 73 years old - Singer - Worked with Armand Boatman - Arizona Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Johnny Kemp - Died 4-16-2015 in Montego Bay, Jamaica - Drowned ( R&B ) Born 8-2-1959 in Nassau, Bahamas - Singer - (He did, "Just Got Paid" and "Just Another Lover").

Gary Ignacio - Died 4-17-2015 - Multiple organ failure ( Rock ) He was 49 years old - Singer - Was a member of Alamid (They did, "Your Love" and "Just Wasn't Brave Enough").

Eric Doney (Eric Allen Doney) - Died 4-17-2015 ( Jazz ) Born 1-22-1953 - Pianist - Worked with Jon Hendricks, David Johansen, Kim Parker, Al Cohn, Les Brown's Band Of Renown, Bill Goodwin, and Steve Gilmore - Was a conductor for Connie Stevens and a musical director for Englebert Humperdink - Formed Pacific Street Records where he produced Phil Woods, Bob Dorough, John Coates Jr. and Scott Jarrett.

Wally Lester - Died 4-21-2015 in Southport, North Carolina, U.S. - Pancreatic cancer ( R&B ) He was 73 years old - Singer - Was a member of The Skyliners (They did, "Since I Don't Have You" and "This I Swear").

Pete Phillips (Peter W. Phillips) - Died 4-23-2015 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. ( Hardcore ) Born 7-24-1964 - Guitarist and singer - Was a member of Six Finger Satellite.

Sid Tepper - Died 4-24-2015 - Born 6-25-1918 in Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S. - Songwriter - Collaborated with Roy C. Bennett (They wrote, "Red Roses For A Blue Lady") - His songs have been recorded by Elvis Presley ("Once Is Enough"), Cliff Richard ("The Young Ones"), Tony Bennett,  Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians, Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee, Wayne Newton, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles ("Glad All Over"), Sarah Vaughn, Vic Dana, Perry Como ("Kewpie Doll"), Jeff Beck and Dean Martin.

Guy LeBlanc - Died 4-27-2015 ( Prog Rock - Jazz Fusion ) Born 10-16-1960 in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada - Keyboardist - Led Nathan Mahl (They did, "SlowBurn" and "Schizophrenia") and The Mahl Dynasty - Was a member of Camel (They did, "For Today" and "A Nod And A Wink") and The Distinguished Panel Of Experts - Worked with The Rebel Wheel and AraPacis.

Jack Ely - Died 4-27-2015 in Terrebonne, Oregon, U.S. ( Rock ) Born 9-11-1943 in Portland, Oregon, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Kingsmen (They did, "Louie Louie" and "Haunted Castle") and The Courtmen (They did,  "Louie Louie '66" and "Ride Ride Baby").

Ben E. King (Benjamin Earl Nelson) - Died 4-30-2015 ( R&B - Soul ) Born 9-28-1938 in Henderson, North Carolina, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Stand By Me" and "Spanish Harlem") - Worked with The Five Crowns, The Drifters (They did, "There Goes My Baby" and "Sometimes I Wonder") and Bo Diddley - North Carolina Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

John Tout - Died 5-1-2015 in London, England - Lung failure ( Rock ) Keyboardist and singer - Worked with Wishbone Ash, Renaissance and John Lennon.

Craig Gruber - Died 5-5-2015 - Cancer ( Rock ) Born 6-22-1951 - Bassist - Was a member of Rainbow, Zvekan, Bible Black and ED3N - Worked with Elf, Gary Moore and Raven Lord.

Errol Brown (Lester Errol Brown) - Died 5-6-2015 in The Bahamas ( Funk - Pop - Soul ) Born 11-12-1943 in Kingston, Jamaica - Singer - (He did, "Body Rocking" and "Still Sexy (Yes U Are)") - Was a member of Hot Chocolate (They did, "You Sexy Thing" and "Brother Louie").

B.B. King (Riley B. King) (aka Beale Street Blues Boy) - The King of Blues - Died 5-14-2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. ( Blues - R&B ) Born 9-16-1925 near Itta Bena, Mississippi, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "The Thrill Is Gone" and  "Three O'Clock Blues") - Worked with U2 ("When Love Comes To Town"), Gary Moore, Cyndi Lauper, Elton John, Sheryl Crow, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt and Eric Clapton - Blues Foundation Hall Of Fame Inductee, Memphis Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Mac Poole - Died 5-21-2015 - Throat cancer ( Rock - Jazz - Prog - R&B ) He was 69 years old - Drummer - Worked with The Dangerfield Band, Warhorse, The Honeycombs, Billy Ocean, Hazel O'Connor, Big Bertha, Marsha Hunt, Johnny G, Micky Jupp, Rick Wakeman, Magill, Hush, Broken Glass, The Foundations, Hungry Heart, P J Proby, The Vernons Girls, John Leyton, Tommy Bruce, Danny Williams, Freddy Starr, Bradley Walsh, Bobby Davro, Peter Green, Paul Kossoff, Denny Laine, Jet Harris, Heinz, Screaming Lord Sutch, Billie Davis, Nick Simper's Fandango and Gong.

Twinkle (Lynn Annette Ripley) - Died 5-21-2015 in The Isle of Wight, England - Cancer ( Pop ) Born 7-15-1948 in Surbiton, London, England - Singer - (She did, "Terry" and "Golden Lights").

Louis Johnson (Louis E. Johnson) (aka Thunder Thumbs) - Died 5-21-2015 ( Funk - Soul - R&B - Jazz ) Born 4-13-1955 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Bassist - Was a member of The Brothers Johnson (They did, "I'll Be Good To You" and "Strawberry Letter 23") - Worked with Michael Jackson, George Benson, Herb Alpert, Stanley Clarke, George Duke, Jeffrey Osborne, Quincy Jones, Michael McDonald, Grover Washington Jr. and Earl Klugh.

Darius Minwalla (aka Take One) - Died 5-21-2015 in Vancouver, Canada ( Rock ) Drummer - He was 39 years old - Worked with The Posies (They did, "That Don't Fly"  and "It's Great To Be Here Again!"), Jon Auer, Ken Stringfellow, Super Deluxe, Tiz, Harvey Danger, Hugh Cornwell and The Long Winters.

Liv Marit Wedvik - Died 5-23-2015 in Risor, Aust-Agder, Norway - Drowned ( Country ) Born 1-16-1970 in Skien in Telemark, Norway - Singer - (She did, "Don't Forget To Remember Me" and "When You Walk In The Room").

Marcus Belgrave - Died 5-24-2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S. - Heart failure ( Jazz ) Born 6-12-1936 in Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S. - Trumpet player - Worked with Ray Charles, John Sinclair, Max Roach, B.B. King, Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Mingus, La Palabra, Gunther Schuller, Carl Craig, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dizzy Gillespie.

Rocky Frisco (Don Roscoe Joseph III) (aka Rocky Frisco and Rocky Curtiss) - Died 5-26-2015 ( Rock - Folk - Blues) Born 7-26-1937 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. - Pianist and singer - Worked with Gene Crose, Clyde Stacy, Flash Terry, The Four Flames, The Don White Band, The John D. LeVan Band, JJ Cale, Danny McBride, Bill David, Gus Hardin, Tom Skinnerís Science Project, Eric Clapton and Tommy Overstreet - Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Art Thieme (Arthur Thieme) - Died 5-26-2015 ( Folk ) Born 7-9-1941 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. - Sang and played guitar, banjo and saw.

Christer Jansson - Died 5-27-2015 - Cancer ( Pop Rock ) He was 51 years old - Drummer - Worked with Poul Krebs and Roxette.

Dennis Sheehan - Died 5-27-2015 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Heart attack - He was 68 years old - Born in Waterford - Was a tour manager for U2.

Johnny Keating (John Keating) - Died 5-28-2015 in London, England - Born 9-10-1927 in Edinburgh, Scotland - Trombonist, songwriter, producer and arranger - (He wrote, "Theme from Z-Cars" for TV's, Z-Cars and "Bunny Hop") - Worked with Ted Heath, Eden Kane, Adam Faith, Petula Clark, Sammy Davis Jr., Anthony Newley and Caterina Valente.

Ronnie Gilbert (Ruth Alice Gilbert) - Died 6-6-2015 in Mill Valley, California, U.S. - Natural causes ( Folk ) Born 9-7-1926 in New York, New York, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Weavers (They did, "This Land Is Your Land" and "On Top Of Old Smoky") - Worked with The Priority Ramblers, Holly Near, The Vancouver Men's Chorus, Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger.

Christopher Lee (Christopher Frank Carandini Lee) - Died 6-7-2015 in Chelsea, Westminster, London, England - Born 5-27-1922 in Belgravia, Westminster, London, England - Actor - (He sang, "Jingle Hell" and a version of, "My Way" ) - He portrayed Count Dracula in Hammer Horror films.

Ornette Coleman (Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman) - Died 6-11-2015 in New York, NY, U.S. - Cardiac arrest ( Jazz ) Born 3-9-1930 in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S. - Played saxophone, violin and trumpet - Was a member of The Jam Jivers - Worked with Pee Wee Crayton, Paul Bley, Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, Eric Dolphy, Elvin Jones, Jerry Garcia and Pat Metheny - At one time married to poet, Jayne Cortez - Down Beat Jazz Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Harold Battiste (Harold Raymond Battiste Jr.) - Died 6-19-2015 ( Jazz - R&B ) Born 10-28-1931 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. - Played saxophone and piano and was a composer and arranger - Worked with Alvin Batiste, Edward Blackwell, Barbara George, Sam Cooke, Joe Jones, Tom Waits, Lee Dorsey, Sonny And Cher and Dr. John.

Wendell Holmes - Died 6-19-2015 - Complications of pulmonary hypertension ( Blues - Soul - Gospel - Country - R&B ) He was 71 years old - Born in Christchurch, Virginia, U.S. - Played trumpet, organ and guitar and sang - Was a member of The Sevilles and The Holmes Brothers - Worked with Van Morrison, Joan Osborne, Freddie Roulette, Phoebe Snow and Inez And Charlie Foxx.

Gunther Schuller - Died 6-21-2015 ( Jazz ) Born 11-22-1925 - Played French horn and flute - Was a member of The Modern Jazz Society and The New England Ragtime Ensemble - Worked with Miles Davis, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra - Father of percussionist, George Schuller and bassist, Ed Schuller.

James Horner (James Roy Horner) - Died 6-22-2015 in Los Padres National Forest, California, U.S. - The plane he was piloting crashed - Born 8-14-1953 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Film composer - Wrote music for more than 100 films including Titanic and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

The Lau (Matheus J. Lau) - Died 6-23-2015 in Amsterdam, Netherlands - Lung cancer - Born 7-17-1952 in Bergen, Netherlands - Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Scene and Neerlands Hoop Express - Worked with Jan-Peter Bast and Lange Frans.

Marujita Díaz (María del Dulce Nombre Díaz Ruiz) - Died 6-23-2015 in Madrid, Spain - Cancer - She was 83 years old - Born in Triana district, Seville, Spain - Singer and actress - (She did, "Soldadito Espanol" and "Banderita") - At one time married to dancer, Antonio Gades.

Cristiano Araujo (Cristiano Melo Araujo) - Died 6-24-2015 in Goiania, Goias, Brazil - Car accident ( Sertanejo - Arrocha ) Born 1-24-1986 in Goiania, Goias, Brazil - Singer - (He did, "Mente pra mim" and "Voce mudou") - Worked with his sister Ana Cristina.

Chris Squire (Christopher Russell Edward Squire) (aka Fish) - Died 6-27-2015 in Phoenix Arizona, U.S. - Acute erythroid leukemia ( Prog Rock - Pop ) Born 3-4-1948 in London, England - Bassist, keyboardist and singer - (He did, "You By My Side" and "Lucky Seven") - Was a member of The Selfs, The Syn (They did, "Breaking Down Walls" and "Golden Age"), XYZ, Conspiracy and Yes (They did, "I've Seen All Good People" and "Yours Is No Disgrace") - He had been married to singer, Nikki Squire and actress, Melissa Morgan.

 Bruce Rowlands - Died 6-29-2015 - Cancer ( Rock - Folk ) Born 5-22-1941 in Park Royal, Middlesex England - Drummer - Worked with The Grease Band, Fairport Convention, Joe Cocker ("Delta Lady"), Gallagher And Lyle, Slim Chance, Shawn Phillips, Andy Mackay and Jackie Lomax.



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